Defra refutes disposable nappy tax – but how would it protect the environment?

Brits dispose of around 3bn disposable nappies per year, which makes up 3% of household waste. Could a tax have changed this? What do parents think?

Government to cut carbon with £50m peatland investment

The investment is set to save a projected 9m tonnes of carbon emissions by 2050, improving biodiversity and ecosystems in the process

New forest to be created in North East to promote a ‘greener future’

Enough trees are set to be planted to cover 35 football pitches in the first year, after receiving £480k in funding from Defra’s Nature for Climate Fund

Food and drink industry commits to halving food waste and emissions by 2030

The charity behind the commitment claims the agreement will save 2.6m tonnes of food waste between 2025 and 2030 – the equivalent of 6.2bn meals

‘Eco-scores’ for greener baskets!

A pilot launch will see a group of leading food brands launch front-of-pack environmental scores on a range of products in September

Defra partners with Forest for Cornwall to drive regional tree planting

Growing, protecting and restoring trees, forests and woodlands can help reduce carbon emissions, encourage biodiversity and nature recovery, grow the sustainable timber market and improve people’s health and wellbeing

Plastic straws to be banned in England from tomorrow

The ban applies to all businesses that supply these products, including manufacturers and retailers

Government to introduce new law to protect rainforests and clean up supply chains

Larger companies will face fines if they are not able to demonstrate their supply chains are free from illegal deforestation

UK to launch new legally-binding environmental targets by end of 2022

The goals will focus on the improvement of biodiversity, air and water quality as well as reduction of waste

Environment Bill moves a step closer to becoming law

The Bill aims to tackle the biggest environmental priorities and now progresses to the Committee stage for further scrutiny